“I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!” That is how most of us in the country are going to feel today after record heat hits a great portion of the states. Temperatures are predicted to reach over 100 degrees in many areas and stay in the upper 90’s for the weekend. According to www.weather.com, “More than 2 dozen states will be feeling extreme heat in the coming days, and countless records are expected to fall in the final days of June.”
When the temperature soars, taking care of yourself and your loved ones can be tricky. Keeping your body cool and hydrated is the goal. Eating foods that are high in water content is a great way to stay hydrated. According to Rachel Brandite, a registered dietician, interviewed on the Weather Channel, the following foods are optimal in water-content.
High-Water Count Foods
Watermelon cantaloupe tomatoes lettuce
Apples cherries strawberries Italian Ice
Fruit Bars grapefruit peaches blueberries
Cucumbers gelatin pudding Popsicle
Foods with a high fat count will actually make your body work harder and they should be avoided in the heat. The thermal effect of high fat food actually makes your body hotter. These foods include potato salads, burgers, bread, French fries, fried foods, and foods that include dairy.
Drinking many fluids, especially water will keep you healthy and hydrated. Avoid sugar sweetened or artificially sweetened drinks, alcoholic beverages and coffee. These drinks actually dehydrate the body and could lead to overheating.
Most of all, take it easy. Work and play slowly, and keep your body hydrated. Weather this hot call for playing in the sprinkler, diving in the pool, or sitting in the shade. Let the ice melt in a nice cool drink, but keep your body cool.
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